Simply Fantastic

An Introduction to Classical Music

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Music selection and explanatory notes by Ana Gerhard Illustrations by Claudia Legnazzi

The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and others, are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales—including gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves and wizards—that inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations. A glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief presentation of each extraordinary character are included. The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.


Creatures of fantasy, folklore and religious tradition from the Fairy-Queen to the Firebird provide an intriguing introduction to classical music. KIRKUS REVIEWS

STORYBOOK – MUSIC CD 978-2-923163-21-4
Pub Date: 2014
Ages 7 to 9, Grades 2 to 5
Keywords: Classical music / Music history / Folklore / Fantasy
Hardcover book (8” x 8”, 72 pages) with CD (39 minutes / 20 recordings)
$ 22.95 CND / $ 16.95 USD / 19.50 €

Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and is a renowned music educator. She is a four-time recipient of the Parents’ Choice Award for Little CreaturesListen to the BirdsSimply Fantastic, and Amazing Water and author of the series Little Stories of Great Composers.

Claudia Legnazzi studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires and has illustrated children’s books for the past 25 years. She has won numerous awards, including the Argentina Book Chamber’s Album of the Year and Mexico’s International Prize for Illustrated Books. Some of her work has been acquired by the Chihiro Art Museum of Japan and belongs to its permanent collection.


72 page illustrated hardcover book, 8″ X 8″ format, with an appended music CD containing 20 recordings (39 minutes)

$ 22.95 Prix

  • USD: 17.07$
  • EUR: $15.85
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